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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco, Quito 170150, Ecuador
02 211124
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Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a museum in its convent with art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Plaza San Francisco, Quito 170150, Ecuador
02 211124
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our first Cathedral visit in Quito we walked they both the chapel on the right and main 16th century Cathedral with just a peek in the monastery. The gold artistry glistened. Sat and enjoyed part of a mass absorbing the atmosphere and observing the local's...More

Thank Gwen W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is also a must if you are downtown. The church is beautiful and brings you to the past, you can feel that religious vibe

Thank S1PRA
Reviewed 1 week ago

All this complex is the biggest on its kind among America, often compared with "El Escorial" located in Madrid, Spain. Franciscan community is the keeper of all this complex. The main church offers a rich collection of religious art from the Quitenian School. The gardens...More

Thank DavidAlejandro
Reviewed 1 week ago

The roof of the cathedral is quite unusual. It is over ornately decorated with gruesome depictions of the Crucifixion and martyrdom. The last supper tableau was covered with scaffolding, but is unusual in the fare for the last supper.

Thank Exfala
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ask about the missing stone. It is a great story. This church is a must see. The intrecite work, the gold, the alters all make this place stunning. One of the best places to view the El Panecillo monument from town as well.

Thank ShawnC-NJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the church and monastary was in a way reminiscent of visiting the Franciscan missions of California, except that in this monastary, Franciscan monks actually still live here and can be seen walking around or talking to people. The structure is beautiful and...More

Thank 327Aries
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is much to admire in this church with its architecture and history. And many ways to view church & city. Lots of stairs led to many wonderful vantage points of the city. There is a lovely gift shop and mini-cafe ithin the courtyard.

Thank VTpondjumper
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We were here on a Saturday morning and it was busy seeing all of the local and the activity around the church. Its a stunning building both in and out. We took a very quick look as there was some type of activity/ceremony taking place...More

Thank Patrick S
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Another wonderful and unforgettable sight in Quito. This city has so much to offer. Many tourists and locals were gathered in this area sipping there morning coffee. Great way to start the day.

Thank Victoriajag32
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We visited Church during noon mass. What a difference it makes to see it all lit up! The interior is spectacular. There is more art and statuary than in other churches - seems like every square foot of wall space is covered. The only downside...More

Thank Ian M
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